Thousands flock to slope of Everest

17th Jul 2012

The first half of this year has already seen more than 12,000 visitors to the north slope of Mount Everest.

The north slope is the route taken by climbers, and more tourists are expected to visit later in the year, with the time between early September and late October know as the best for climbing, according to border police in the Tibet autonomous region.

Border police suggest the number of visitors will more than double for the second half of the year.

Tashi Dawa of the Mt Qomolangma border police said 26 mountaineering teams climbed to the top of Mount Everest's peak - the world's highest - between January and June. Some 24 of these teams had travelled from overseas.

Popularly known in the west as Mount Everest, it is known locally as Mt Qomolangma and is on the border of China and Nepal - with the south side in Nepal. The mountain's north climbing route and is a very popular destination for backpackers and mountaineers.


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